Kansas Night Sky Castle Rock - Craig McCord Photography


FEE:  $195.  This includes only workshop fee.  Lodging, meals and travel are not included.

Payment may be made using the PayPal button on the right side panel on this page.  Alternatively you may mail a personal check to:  Craig McCord Photography, 917 NW 1751st Rd, Bates City, MO  64011.  If you plan to pay by personal check, email me so I can hold a spot while awaiting the payment.

Lodging:  We will base out of the
Wakeeney Super 8; however you are not required to room there.  There are a few options in or around Wakeeney, including a Best Western and Econo Lodge.

Kansas Night Sky at Castle Rock Badlands

March 17th 2018, Photographing the Kansas Night Sky at Castle Rock, Kansas


This workshop is limited to ONLY 6 people.  Castle Rock Badlands is located in central Kansas not far from the town of Quinter and is said to be one of the 8 wonders of Kansas.

During this workshop we will have an opportunity to shoot the setting sun amongst  these chalk and shale formations and consider compositional options  for the night sky as we patiently await the Milky Way to become visible in the early morning hours. 

This time of year will have the Milky way in a more horizontal position, making it possible to capture the entire arch of the Milky Way in some cases.

We will discuss:

  - Camera Settings

  - Focusing

  - Star trails; Milky Way. 

  - Light Painting tools and techniques

Craig will actively  work with each participant to ensure you understand the technical considerations and be sure you come away with some striking images.


WHERE:   Castle Rock Badlands, is located about 4 hours west of Kansas City just off of Interstate I-70.  It is not far out of Quinter, KS.    There may be some accommodations in Quinter but some also available in Wakeeney, KS a little to the East off of I -70,  where we will meet up and caravan to our shooting location.  Castle Rock enjoys some of the darkest skies in Kansas and should allow for some great night image opportunities.

WHEN:  On March  17th, we will meet up at 4:pm in Wakeeney at the Super 8 parking lot .  Before traveling on to Castle Rock we will discuss some techniques, review any restrictions, safety, and other general information before proceeding.   We will then travel to the shooting location.  As sunset approaches we will explore possible shooting locations for our later Milky Way shots and also have an opportunity to get some sunset images over the badlands.

Our actual Milky Way session will not begin until early morning around 4:00 am, when the galactic center will be rising above the horizon.  We will reconvene at the Wakeeney Super 8 parking lot to return to the Castle Rock for the Milky Way shoot.  This will allow for some downtime (sleep) after our late afternoon scout and before our actual Milky Way session.



Contact Info:  For any additional information or questions you may contact Craig at:


Email:  craig@craigmccordphotography.com

Phone: 816-668-3602